Boogs' lunches are inspired by the books we read at bedtime the previous evening. Each night, Boogs reads one book to me and I read two books to him. I usually post his lunches once a week. Click on the "lunches" label at the end of this post to see lunches from previous weeks.
A Regular Flood Of Mishap by Tom Birdseye
This book tells the zany mishaps of a girl named Ima Bean who was just trying to help out when she saw that her grandfather had left his fishing pole at the creek. While trying to get the pole, Ima fell into the water, reeled in a huge catfish, and broke grandpa's pole. She then ran home to get something to fix the pole. Unfortunately, she chose to pull the string off of the gate, which opened and let the mule out. One thing led to another until the whole farm was in chaos. Ima decided to "skedaddale out of there as fast a frog off a hot frying pan." While she was running away, her family caught up to her to bring her home because "you're always family even when you goof!" Boogs really liked some of the sayings in this book. His favorite was "Grandpaw Bean will be as excited as a fly at a marmalade picnic". I could not help but read this book with an East Texas Piney Woods accent. My grandma's name was Ima Love and she lived out in the country, so I kind of read it with an accent that reminded me of her. Boogs has always loved similes, sayings, and metaphors. When he was three, we were getting into the hot car and he said, "Whew, it is as hot as a bee in a lunchbox in this car." He still comes up with some interesting phrases. In the lunchbox: pb&j big old catfish, Babybel Ima Bean with fruit leather hair, pretzel broken fishing pole, sesame sticks fish bait, marshmallow "egg" with chicken pick, blueberry & blackberry creek, and salad.
The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop
William received a model of a wooden castle from his nanny. The castle came with a knight made out of lead. William's touch brought the knight to life. Soon, William joins the knight's quest to take back his kingdom from an evil wizard. This book has action, adventure, magic, and a good message about relying on yourself & doing what is right. Boogs liked this story so much that we are now reading its sequel. In the lunchbox: salami & cheese castle, pistachio muffin dragon patrolling the castle, salad with magic carrot & mushroom token, and strawberries.
Silly Stories To Tickle Your Funny Bone: Wallpaper from Poppleton Forever by Cynthia Rylant
Wallpaper is one of eight story excerpts included in this book of silly stories. Poppleton the pig has invited his friends over to help him wallpaper a room. The friends are not up to the task - mouse is too small, goat tends to eat the wallpaper, and llama is so hairy he keeps getting stuck to the wallpaper glue. Boogs loved the pictures of the goat eating the wallpaper. Poppleton takes everyone out for ice cream and then comes up with a new decorating plan that does not involve wallpaper. It is a very silly story. In the ELB lunchbox: ham Poppleton on cheese toast, pretzel rolls of wallpaper, dried apricot, Zbar ice cream cone with marshmallow "ice cream", kiwi, grapes, broccoli, tomatoes, and yogurt.
Pumpkin Heads by Wendell Minor
Boogs favorite holiday is Halloween. He frequently picks out Halloween and Christmas books on our weekly trips to the library. This book has pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and faces. Boogs' favorite pumpkin was dressed up as a witch. Boogs read this book to me and had no trouble figuring out any of the words. Some days he happily reads to me and other days he acts like reading is the most dreadful thing in the world. So, I am willing to check-out every holiday book our library has to encourage him to find joy in reading. In the ELB lunchbox: cheesestick, two pb&j jack-o-lantern mini sandwiches, chips, cherries, and juice.
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